And Then Dan Was An Incubus: As an ex-adventurer, Dan had become accustomed to a mindset that most Creatures (particularly Cubi, apparently) were nothing more than soulless and brutal monsters that cause nothing but misery for others and he had a duty to vanquish them. So, imagine hisshock when it turns out that he himself is a Cubi.
Badass Long Robe: He went around in a robe until the SAIA arc, and was quite touchy about people mistaking it for a dress. Wildy buys him a replacement in the Randomized arc.
Character Development: Ever since he ascertained that he is and fully became a full Cubi (thanks to his headwings finally appearing) he'd been in complete denial about it and blamed his newly realized Cubi nature on most of the problems in his life, allowing his prejudice against Creatures (Cubi, in particular) to form the presumptions over the motives of others (such as Abel and Fa'Lina which has caused most of the aforementioned problems) and hinder him from learning more of his Incubus abilities, potentially endangering those around him. Over the course of the comic, he has learned that not all Cubi are necessarily bad, has learned a bit more of his abilities and his clan's history, and has generally become more accepting of his Cubi heritage to the point that, as of Chapters 28-30, he is now a voluntary student of SAIA learning to better his abilities and becoming immersed in the world of Cubi, even representing Cyra's clan at an upcoming Cubi meeting hosted at SAIA.
One True Love: When Dan fully developed into an Incubus, he was worried that he'd never find true love, because as a Cubi, he could use mind reading, charms and shape shifting to seduce pretty much anyone, but it would all be fake. Matilda likes him for who he is and is immune to charms.
Retired Badass: It seems hard to believe, but when things get serious, Dan really is a skilled fighter.
MabA faerie whose favored/default form is a purple-furred cat, Mab lives in a pocket dimension in Dan's closet and is an integral part of the main cast.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. Jyrras is the youngest of seven, the only boy, and the only one to be a kangaroo rat like their dad instead of a kangaroo like their mom. The result is that they persistently treat him like a baby and goodheartedly pick on him for being "so adorable", and with their superior size and strength, he can't do anything to stop them pestering him.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Wildy at least seems to think this is the reason that he wouldn't take the free punch she offered him. Given that she's a close friend and Jyrras isn't particularly violent, she could very well be wrong.
Lorenda SoulstealerA chubby but friendly Cow/Demon-Mare half-breed, Lorenda Soulstealer lives at Jyrras's mansion and looks out for him.
Wildy SanA hot-blooded, hot-tempered, mischievous ferret with a major tomboyish streak. She and Dan have been friends since they were kids, and Dan's vendetta with Regina has something to do with her mother's death.
Afraid of Blood: And he's actually had this since before seeing Devin killed and then his father killing his best friend and brutalizing his mother.
Ambiguously Gay: He likes cooking, decorating, and making clothes, and his default outfit is a skirt and thigh-high boots. Some of the characters and many of the readers suspected he was gay because of this. (He isn't, but he also isn't straight. Or bi.)
Asexuality: By his own statement the closest thing he has to a sexual orientation is "not interested".
Badass: So long as there's no blood, Abel can hold himself pretty well in a fight.
Badass Bookworm: And in the very chapter his adept fighting skills are revealed, he's shown to be fond of books as well, even being given a digital reader as a present from Jyrras.
Bad Dreams: comics #1091 - #1095 consist of them. And quite a bit is revealed about Abel is revelead in them.
Birthday Hater: Abel never was particularly thrilled about celebrating his 400th birthday but when the day came around, he soon enough warmed up to it. But having adventurers attack you and your friends doesn't do well in reassuring anyone of repeating the process.
Brought Down to Normal: As a consequence of not feeding on emotions for an extended period of time. Aaryana theorizes that Abel's Being half is becoming dominant, which explains why he is able to dream when Cubi normally can't.
Deus Angst Machina: Let's take a look at Abel's past and see if he qualifies, shall we? After attending his former baby sitter and best friend's funeral, he runs into his childhood bully, Devin, and his companion, Xander, while on his way home. During the time Devin and Xander are escorting Abel home (as they are now adventures with tips of monster sightings in the area), Devin and Abel begin to make peace with one another only for all three to get caught in an ambush that immediately kills Xander and kills Devin shortly after (thanks to Abel's headwings sprouting and distracting Devin), all before Abel's eyes. Abel is too afraid to help the dying Devin, a guilt that weighs heavily on him afterwards. Abel manages to escape the carnage thanks to his former teacher, Kria Soulstealer who was involved in it. Later that night, Abel's father, Sid, (a retired adventurer) comes home to find his son as a full Cubi. Then his father turns out to a Cubi himself, by the name of Aniz, who killed Sid long ago, assumed his form for all these years to have tricking May, Abel's mother, into bearing Abel. Aniz proceeds to horribly brutalize May and Abel, dices Hennya before their eyes (Abel's best friend), and abducts Abel into SAIA keeping him there and hesitant on the prospect of revenge under the threat of killing May. If none of this qualifies him for the trope, then the fact that all of this takes place over the course of a single day!!
Last of His Kind: He's the last living member of the fallen Siar Clannote his father was the other before his death, and two other members of the clan converted to Clan Seme
Loners Are Freaks: As bitterly and angrily lampshaded by Aaryanna in her ""The Reason You Suck" Speech", sure Aniz forced Abel into SAIA and, sure, he may have threatened Abel's mother life if he didn't stay there, but in lieu of using the resources at the academy to better his abilites to face his father and very much possibly save his mother (considering that, according to Aaryanna, Aniz never even finished the basic combat courses at SAIA), what does Abel do? Why, he holes himself up in SAIA and broods of course. He also adopts a snarky, jerkass persona in the hopes of driving people away from him (heavily hinted to do so because he fears he'd become a monster like his father). He has been becoming better over time, however.
Multicolored Hair: Three colors; his hair is the same color as his fur, i.e. beige-tan-ish with black spots, and the ends are brown.
My Greatest Failure: Failing to save Hennya, his best friend who was killed by his father, and May, his mother who he was threatened by his father to stay away from lest said father would kill her. She eventually died of old age without ever having seen her son again until the very moment of her death. He still can't forgive himself to this day.
Survivors Guilt: He holds a lot of guilt and shame over surviving the massacre that killed Devin and his inability to save his mother and best friend from Aniz (in both scenarios, he feels as though he could done something or more to help).
FiA "Warp-Aci", a kind of extradimensional familiar, that was originally supposed to disguise itself as Dan's letter to attend SAIA and then teleport him there. Through a complicated series of accidents involve Pip, he became Dan's instead.
PyroduckA mysterious figure who started visting the Lost Lake early in the series run and has recently moved into a relationship with Alexsi.
Break the Cutie: Finding out from one of his surrogate mothers (a Phoenix and very accurate Seer) that he has to choose between leaving Alexsi or his future being a completely blank unseeable void doesn't do wonders for his sense of security.
AaryannaA cat-based Succubus on a quest to find and kill Dan for killing her friend, Destania, she gave it up after falling in love with Merlitz. Extremely proud of being a Succubus, the relationship broke up during the SAIA arc and she went on to become a teacher at the Academy.
Put on a Bus: The character was borrowed from a Furcadia player who was a friend of the author's, as was Merlitz. When the players broke up and left Furcadia, the author broke the characters up and gently removed them from the comic. Aary still appears in SAIA from time to time, though.
Deebs (Deathbringer) and M.A.C.EArtificial life-forms accidentally created by Jyrras, Deebs is a living wad of bubblegum that typically takes the shape of a tiny bunny and M.A.C.E is a powerful humanoid robot.
Dark PegasusKria Soulstealer's brother (real name "Aliph Soulstealer"), creator of the whole school of necromancy, but disillusioned with that sort of magic, to the point he now specialises in creating "Death Guards", which are golems fueled by the harvested souls of the undead.
DevinAn undead cat who Kria Soulstealer used to keep as a slave, when the Undead spontaneously "awoke" forty years ago, she took him in as a kind of adopted son. Secretly, his original self was an associate of Abel's, murdered shortly before he discovered who his father was.
Blank Slate: He was this for a while after receiving his own soul from the backlash of a currently unknown event. He had to retaught everything from the very basics of walking.
Blue Boy: To both Lorenda's and Regina's Pink Girl.
Came Back Wrong: Devin Soulstealer might even have a different "Soul" than the one Abel knew.
Kids Are Cruel: Bullied Abel during their childhood. Abel believed the reason he did so was because of Abel's wings but Devin reveals that because of his troubled childhood, while he took to being jerk, he did so indiscriminately and he never hated Abel particularly. However, this page seems to imply that Devin may have been Driven by Envy as well.
Color-Coded Characters: Almost always adorned in some shade of purple (most commonly magenta, fuchsia, or some combination of the colors, if not wearing outright violet).
Eccentric Mentor: She runs an academy for emotion-eating, mind-reading, shape-shifting, inherently magical Creatures. Acting weird comes with the territory. It's partially explained by the fact that being an "orphaned" Cubi Clan Leader tends to leave one a little loopy.
Even Evil Has Standards: Got into a major fight with Destania when she suggested using Being children to demonstrate methods of torture on, and not only told Aniz how disgusted she was by his treatment of Abel but promptly punched him for it.
Friend to All Children: She is noted on her cast page to have "a near insane love for children and infants" which is evidenced in the main comic by her taking in and watching over Abel after he was forced into SAIA, sparing an infant Pyroduck's life (in lieu of using the chance to exact some revenge on his father by killing Pyroduck) and giving him to the care of the Phoenix Oracle Da, and, as Fi notes, getting into a rather nasty fight with Destania when the latter wanted to use Being children and infants in her torture class.
Gag Boobs: She's the most buxom of all the characters in the series. Even other Cubi assume she's abusing her shapeshifting abilities to get them, though it's hard to say whether they're actually natural or not. She also lampshades the trope by noting that if they were any bigger, she'd need to reinforce her spine to handle them.
I Want Grandkids: The reason why she's so thrilled that Pyroduck is dating Alexsi.
Large and in Charge: According to Cyra, all Clan Leaders are naturally huge. She's just shapeshifted herself down. Which makes it a lot less unusual that she would know nearly everything going on at SAIA: theoretically, she could be as big as the academy itself.
Last Of Her Kind: Not in the obvious sense, since there are plenty of cubi around. But Fa'Lina's the last of her clan. And clan leaders can neither have more children nor convert others into their clan, so she always will be.
Mood-Swinger: Apparently, all Cubi are like this and it gets worse the more powerful they are. Fa'Lina is a very powerful Succubus.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: It's something of a characteristic for all Demons, as they are creatures of chaos. Even by Demon standards, though, Kria is implied to be rather distracted and whimsical.
Big Screwed-Up Family: As a pure-blooded Demon, this comes with the territory, though by Demon standards, especially, it's actually a very loving one. What makes it painful for her is that the clash between her own demonic nature/attitudes and Lorenda's more Being-based standards means that she and her daughter fight and quarrel a lot, which genuinely hurts her.
Blue and Orange Morality: Creatures are bad about this, but Demons are big on the "might makes right" view of the world. She's quite at a loss as to why this often makes Lorenda mad at her, usually reacting by either being confused or simply upset about how Lorenda turned out in such an unDemonic fashion. She blames herself for it, accusing the root cause of being her allowing Lorenda to go to a base high-school (where she was exposed to the "corruptive influence" of hippies) instead of a private school for demon-mares.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Kria has made a lot of enemies, it's so bad she doesn't even bother trying to keep track of them all, or the myriad of reasons why people want her dead. It's just easier to assume anyone would want her dead, and to have a plan to kill everyone whenever she's right.
Dirty Old Woman: Despite not looking that old. This part of her personality becomes more evident as her flesh-eating monster aspect is pushed to the background. Particularly noted examples of this are her declaring Jyrras to be "so friggen hot" after he bites her for pushing him around, and her willingness to publicly boast about how her daughter has apparently shacked up with an attractive adventurer (Dan).
Her rampant flirtation with Dan throughout the Return of Dark Phoenix arc (which culminates in her trying to have sex with him in the Randomosity arc) may or may not fall into this, as Dan is an Incubus and so may be unintentionally attracting her despite his wishes.
I'm a Humanitarian: Originally the most voracious predator in the series, at that. Like most Demons, she sees no problems with eating Beings, and even openly brags about how Lorenda used to eat other kids when she was little.
Pet the Dog: She went through the trouble of retraining Devin after he got his soul and essentially raised him, when a lot of others simply got rid of their undead. There's also her letting Abel escape the massacre that killed Devin in the first place and her genuine guilt that he had to see it in the first place.
While visiting the Trik'na, the island of the Undead, she's fairly pleasant to her guide, the borderline Nervous Wreck Sherri and indeed doesn't appear to dislike any of the Undead personally.
Matilda KissrissA tauric three-eyed cobra-like Mythos that Dan meets while accompanying Mab to buy a new home, she is quite attracted to Dan, and reassures him that it's a natural feeling, as her kind are immune to Charm Person effects.
A Day in the Limelight: Much like Abel, Matilda is currently receiving her own side story serving to flesh her out more.
Asskicking Equals Authority: Her race operates on this, and it's why she says she ripped of her brother's arm and beat him with it. Females are expected to Stay in the Kitchen and defying the alpha male is a death sentence, the attack was to prove how strong she was so that her tribe would recognize her as a male, and would be exiled instead.
Beware the Nice Ones: Aside from being part of a race that a) has temper issues, and b) can breathe fire, there's the fact that she was exiled for beating her brother into submission. By which we mean killing him, though he was already dead when she found him.
Cute Monster Girl: The females of her race are smaller, smoother and more conventionally cute than their male counterparts, who are large, spiky and quite aggressive to anything that is not a female of their species and sometimes to those too.
Satellite Love Interest: Subverted. While the most appearances she's made in the main comic feature her alongside Dan, they tend characterize her further and we get to learn more about her. There's even two comic strips that feature her without Dan which hint that she may take up Adventuring. In fact, Amber especially states that she is creating Matilda's side story specifically so she wouldn't be known as "just the girlfriend of Dan".
Self-Made Woman: She's not exactly rich but she informs Dan that when she first arrived in Zinvth, she had quite little patience (and it can be presumed that she had next to nothing since her exile from her clan) but with developing that and hard work, she has managed to procure herself a shop of her own, sufficient amounts of money, and she is quite respected.
Tomboy: While she says she acted like a male to prove her worth, when her backstory is shown, her species normally have families of two sons and one daughter, while her father had one son and two daughters. This triad is apparently in their nature, and Matilda naturally gravitated towards being a second son rather than a daughter.
Merlitz MeshaikoAn ex-adventurer who was let go from his group upon claiming to have met a dimension-travelling human, a skilled pyromancer. Had a short-lived romance with Aaryana, but broke things off with her and then left to become an adventurer again after the SAIA arc.
Put on a Bus: The character was borrowed from a Furcadia player who was a friend of the author's, as was Aaryana. When the players broke up and left Furcadia, the author broke the characters up and gently removed them from the comic.
Regina SoulstealerA Demon of the Soulstealer family, though apparently neither directly related to Kria or Dark Pegasus. Self-centered and vapid even by Demon standards. Dan and Wildy have a history with her; they've vowed to kill her.
FluffyA replacement of a former real-life character (A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doll). Was originally a character in an earlier comic that Amber did as a school project. Mainly acts as a foil with Amber, motivating her through various means.
Aniz Abel's father, who tricked Abel's mother into bearing his child by murdering her husband and assuming his form.
Abusive Parents: He successfully pretended to be a loving father with no hints of abuse for around two decades, but then he turned around and packed enough abuse for a lifetime into one day.
Consummate Liar: Comments on this at one point, when he says that he could make up a sob story about how all he wanted was to live the humble life and have a family... after all, he's spent so long living a lie; might as well throw a few more out there, right? Though as it turns out, the part about him wanting to have a family wasn't entirely a lie.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Aniz used to be more carefree and cheerful, even managing to woo Destania of all people. Then his clan was slaughtered and things rapidly went downhill from there.
Last of His Kind: At fisrt; he was the sole survivor of the massacre that destroyed his clan who didn't kill himself or change clans afterwards. Needless to say it had a major effect on him. He later managed to father Abel and may have fathered others before his death.
I Want Grandkids: She's delighted to finally have a grandson after so long. Hard to blame her, considering how she lost nearly all of her clan.
Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: She accidentally killed everyone in a city she was only trying to take for herself, kicking off the Dragon-Cubi War and resulting in the near-extinction of not only her clan, but the Cubi in general.
Faux Affably Evil: She's quite charming up until you do something she doesn't like. Then she knows no bounds.
Retired Monster: Subverted. She used to be head of the Pain & Terror Department at SAIA, teaching Cubi how best to physically and mentally torture Beings for emotional sustenance before ripping them apart and eating their souls. Fa'lina once got into a fight with her for planning to to use Being infants as "demonstration materials" in her classes on torture. Abel describes her as possibly the coldest, evilist creature in SAIA and that she literally wrote the book on evil. All that, yet she seems to have mellowed out somewhat after getting married... except she's perfectly happy to hire adventurers to attempt to kill Abel for being 'stupid' and leaving the Academy. Oh, and her own daughter is an acceptable sacrifice, as she's a 'traitor' for falling in love with a dragon. Oh, and she's apparently planning genocide against said dragons.
DimanikaThe leader of her eponymous clan. Her emotional affinity is Confusion.
Actual Pacifist: Does not tolerate her clan killing others, though she lifted this rule during The War.
Cuddle Bug: The very first thing he does upon meeting Dan is latch onto him.
The Ditz: Mink isn't exactly the smartest 'Cubi in the series. To put this in perspective, even accounting for the fact that Gender BenderShapeshifting is part and parcel of the racial package, Mink has forgotten what gender zhe originally was.
Foil: To Abel. Mink is full of energy, very talkative, socially exuberant, and an all-around happy Cubi who loves making new friends and is very nice to most those zhe meets whilst Abel is melancholic, prefers to keep to himself, very reluctant to make any friends, and usuallyacts like a jerk to most people to hide the fact that he has a soft side and ensure his solitude. Mink was also the more active one in their friendship when Abel was still at SAIA whilst Abel was more passive (but didn't seem to mind Mink's company much). The icing on the cake to this is their emotional affinities, which are Joy and Sorrow for Mink and Abel, respectively.
Mama Bear: The price one person paid for murdering a member of her family is that she 'mega-killed' the person, turned their bones into a pipe organ that has never needed tuning and the rest of the corpse was turned into incredibly delicious mincemeat pies.